Halos ride homers, strong 'pen to edge Twins

June 15th, 2016

ANAHEIM -- Kole Calhoun and Johnny Giavotella each homered on Tuesday night, representing two of five Angels who finished with multiple hits in a 5-4 win over the Twins that gave them only their second win in the last nine games.

It was the Angels' first win in five tries against the last-place Twins this season.

Twins starter Ervin Santana, who spent his first eight years with the Angels, was tagged with the loss after giving up five runs on 10 hits in five innings.

"They seemed to have a lot of good swings [off Ervin], and I don't know exactly what the issue is," Twins manager Paul Molitor said.

The Angels got on the board with an Albert Pujols RBI single in the first. Giavotella, coming off his first career four-hit game, delivered a two-run homer in the second and Calhoun added a solo shot in the third, giving him eight on the year. Calhoun then gave the Angels what ended up being a crucial insurance run with an RBI double in the fifth.

Jhoulys Chacin got the win despite getting charged with four runs on seven hits and a walk in five-plus innings.

"We've been doing a little better on the offensive side," Angels manager Mike Scioscia said. "It was good to see everybody contribute today."


Holding on: The Angels have received only one quality start in the last 11 games, forcing their bullpen -- without setup man Joe Smith -- to absorb a Major League-leading 41 innings in that stretch. The relievers took over again after Chacin issued a walk to start the sixth, with Jose Alvarez, Cam Bedrosian, Mike Morin, Fernando Salas and Huston Street combining to give up only three hits and a walk over the last four frames, striking out three. More >

"That's just part of being a team," said Street, who earned his 322nd career save, passing Jose Mesa for sole possession of 17th place on the all-time list. "You win as a team, you lose as a team. Sometimes you have to cover a lot of innings."

Laser Beams: Twins center fielder Byron Buxton flashed his arm in the first inning, taking a grounder on Pujols' RBI single and throwing it a Statcast-projected 99.4 mph to home plate to nab Mike Trout and keep the score at 1-0. It was the first time Trout has been thrown out on the basepaths this season, and Buxton's first outfield assist. More >

"Scouting reports will tell you that [Buxton]'s got a high-end Major League throwing arm," Molitor said. "It's near the top shelf. You're not going to see Mike Trout get thrown out too often on a base hit up the middle, even though the ball was scorched."

Growing pains: Power-hitting corner infielder Jefry Marte started his first professional game in left field and had some difficulties before being replaced for defense in the seventh inning. In the third, Marte air-mailed a throw home, allowing the trailing runner to get into scoring position. With two outs in the fifth, he lost track of a routine fly ball by Joe Mauer, letting it fall in for an RBI triple.

"We're going to try to get Jefry's bat in there any way we can," Scioscia said of Marte, who finished 2-for-3 to put his batting average at .333. "He looked comfortable out there. The one ball that Mauer hit was really hit hard. There's some things in left field that takes some time to get comfortable with."

Santana's slide hits five: Santana struggled against his former team, lasting five innings and giving up five runs on 10 hits. He got pulled after 72 pitches and ended up taking his fifth straight loss. It was a far ways off from his last start at Angel Stadium in 2015, where he tossed eight shutout innings and got the win. More >

"They just hit the ball where it's supposed to be, in good places for them," Santana said. "I threw good pitches and they still turned them into base hits, so there's nothing I can do."


Mauer, who finished 2-for-5, has now reached base safely in 26 consecutive games dating back to May 17, the longest active streak in the Majors.

Pujols' first-inning single gave him 2,722 career hits, passing Lou Gehrig for sole possession of 61st on the all-time list. Next is Roberto Alomar, with 2,724.


Chacin and Angels first baseman C.J. Cron didn't need their gloves to convert an out in the top of the fifth. The speedy Byron Buxton began the inning by trying to reach base on a push bunt towards the right side. Chacin sprinted off the mound, fielded the ball with his bare hand and made an off-balance throw to Cron, who also caught the ball with his bare hand. Chacin said he's never been involved in a play like that. More >

"It was a really good play," Chacin said. "I think it was a better play for C.J., to catch the ball like that because he was going towards the base. He's fast, so I got it with my bare hand. I couldn't flip it, so I just threw it, and C.J. made a really good play."


Twins: Right-hander Tyler Duffey (2-5, 5.33 ERA) takes the mound in Wednesday's series finale at Angel Stadium. He's given up four or more runs in each of his last four starts. First pitch is at 9:05 p.m. CT.

Angels:Hector Santiago takes the ball in hopes of a turnaround. The 28-year-old left-hander (3-4, 5.64 ERA) has a 12.18 ERA over his last five starts, giving up 25 runs (23 earned) in 17 innings. First pitch is at 7:05 p.m. PT.

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